By Chris Knowles
Understanding The Problem! As a new starter and complete
novice in keeping and breeding the Modena,
I must be honest; my first season has been anything but straight forward! To say I have been frustrated would be an understatement. Having a background of over 50 years involvement with racing pigeons, where I think I can fairly say that I have enjoyed more than my share of success, I did not expect what I have experienced. My whole reason for writing this short article is to share some details of my experiences and of the research that I have carried out in my attempt to Understand The Problem. My hope is that it will help other newcomers to Modenas and perhaps a few who are not so new. At a time when all branches of pigeon keeping, whether it is racing or a breed of fancy pigeons, is struggling to maintain its current membership or seeking to find new members, I believe it is important to help each other. Secretism is not to be applauded in this sport when it comes to health management of our pigeons. Sharing information from a sound scientific source therefore, has to be something we do without hesitation and allow our fellow fanciers to decide for themselves whether it something that would benefit them or not. Now, to get to the point of my article. Modenas have been birds that I have admired for some time and my interest in genetics (especially colour) has constantly drawn my attention to them. So at the end of 2019 I decided, having visited the National Modena Club website, to contact Roy Nicholson and enquire how I might best make contact with a NMC member and perhaps acquire 1 or 2 pairs of Modenas. To say he was a great help would be an understatement. In December I drove over to Barnsley (from where I live near Stockport) and had a most enjoyable morning in the company of Roy and his friend Martin Coyle. I came away with a pair of Gazzis and a pair of Schiettis. What I didn’t realise however, was that some of the advice I was given that morning, would ring oh so true over coming months.